Speaking at the Ngamiland World Wetlands
Day on February 22 in Maun, Mr Magole said wetlands
were viewed as wasteland available for dumping waste or converted for other purposes.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) reached out to communities near the Tullahan River north of Manila last weekend as its way of marking the celebration of the World Wetlands
He said February 2 was being observed as World Wetlands
Day to create awareness of these extremely valuable ecosystems that continue to be among the most threatened.
The theme for this year is 'Wetlands
for a Sustainable Urban Future', which is selected to highlight the significance of wetlands
for sustainable urbanization, said a press release.
In fast growing cities, wetlands
are often viewed as a wasteland, places to dump rubbish, fill in or convert to other uses.
February 2 each year was adopted to celebrate World Wetlands
Day globally and to raise awareness of the importance of wetland
conservation, reduce the risks of environmental pollution and to conserve the biodiversity of species living in wetlands
through the development and implementation of awareness programs such as hands-on workshops and educational seminars.
During big storms, urban wetlands
absorb runoff rainfall, which reduces flooding in cities and prevents disasters and their subsequent costs.
Indeed, several wetlands
in the Nile Basin have undergone degradation due to multiple contributing factors; settlements and urbanization by an ever growing population, reclamation and conversion for agriculture.
Municipal officials worry that the wetland
construction would not benefit the community that lost it.
Using analysis of the microbiological health of wetlands
is cheaper and faster than traditional assessments, and could lead to improvements in harnessing natural processes to filter human's wastewater, according to Zhiqiang Hu, associate professor of engineering.
One key role of DES is the management and protection of wetland
resources while also accommodating potential development and the growth of a strong economy.
Texas contains a diversity of wetland
habitat types, both natural and anthropogenic.